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Sun, Jun. 1st, 2008, 07:41 pm

Hi Guys, I was just at this antique barn near our new house, and the man had a L.C. Smith Corona typewriter sitting on his shelf, I played with it and found out it WORKED, so we paid him $45.00 dollars, and went home to research our new typewriter.

It is the L.C. Smith Corona Typewriters Inc. Model 8-11, So far I have found out it's a secretarial model, and production started in 1926. 

I've got a few questions, are there any good L.C. Smith Corona books I could purchase about the history of ALL their typewriters, or ALL their secretarial typewriters, secondly... where can I locate the serial number?! I've looked all over it, on the inside on the bottom is a number/letter combo, but it's not as long as the one I found on the internet where the serial is at least 5 digits/letters longer! Also, it was distributed by a dealer from the looks of it, it has a dealers "signature" on the front of it, A&A Office  Machine Specialists and under that FRAnklin 4338, any ideas what this is?

Here is a photo!

Mon, Jun. 2nd, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)

That's a beauty!
The problem with old typewriters is that they are sort of obsolete so any information on them is going to be hard to come by. For instace, I found two books that fit your criteria, but both books were published by Smith-Corona, which makes me believe that they are not necessarily books but more like pamphlets. Plus, one of them is only owned by the Smithsonian.

I did find a book that sounds worthwhile to look through: "The typewriter repair manual" by Howard Hutchison, but there was only a first edition of it published which means that it will most likely be out-of-stock at most bookstores. You can probably interlibrary loan it, since there are a number of libraries that own it.

I also looked on WorldCat for books about the history of typewriters, which is this link: http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ATypewriters+History.&qt=hot_subject
What I would suggest is to interlibrary loan the books if you can, but if you are interested in buying them you can google their ISBN number to find places that sell it.

There is a possibility that there are really old manuals out for this, but I have a feeling that they would all be in an archive somewhere and not for sale. I own a 1930 Underwood Champion typewriter, and I was able to find that an US Army Field Manual existed on it, but I have yet to find anyone selling one.

Hope this helps. I work in a library, which sort of explains all this.

Sun, Sep. 13th, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
(Anonymous): Correction?

I have one that looks like this

and this is the the Secretarial. Yours is probably a slightly older model.
Just letting you know.

Mon, Sep. 26th, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
heytherestephy: Re: Correction?

yeah, i found that image online. when i refer other people to my typewriter without the photo of it i took, i use that one and tell them it's black without the "Secretarial" writing on it.